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Janice Erlbaum

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Janice Erlbaum writes books, some of which are for tweens, others of which are for adults. She produces a weekly video series called "Advice for Young Writers."

Her books for adults include two memoirs, GIRLBOMB: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, March ’06), and HAVE YOU FOUND HER: A Memoir (Villard, Feb. ’08), and one novel, I, LIAR (Thought Catalog Books, 2015).

For tweens, her first novel, LUCKY LITTLE THINGS was published by MacMillan Books for Young Readers in July '18. Her next tween book, LET ME FIX THAT FOR YOU, is coming in July '19.

Her poetry and prose have been featured in anthologies including ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, THE BUST GUIDE TO THE NEW GIRL ORDER, THE BEST AMERICAN EROTIC POEM
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Janice Erlbaum Liz, I'm sorry -- I didn't mean to take a year to answer this question! I haven't been on Goodreads in a while, and I just saw it today. :/

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Liz, I'm sorry -- I didn't mean to take a year to answer this question! I haven't been on Goodreads in a while, and I just saw it today. :/

My favorite authors are Eileen Myles (especially her book CHELSEA GIRLS), Alison Bechdel, David Foster Wallace, Stephen Elliott, and...this is weird...Charles Dickens. I NEVER thought I would like Dickens, after being forced to read a little in high school, but I started really reading him in my 40s and I guess that's a better age to start with the whole Dickens thing. (less)
Janice Erlbaum Writer's block has many causes and takes many forms, so one strategy isn't going to address all of them.

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Writer's block has many causes and takes many forms, so one strategy isn't going to address all of them.

Sometimes I'm blocked because I don't know where to begin, so my strategy is to start in the middle -- dive in anywhere and start writing just to get the hands moving and hone the voice. I know that I probably won't use most of what I write verbatim, but it will be very useful in terms of getting me going.

Sometimes I'm stumped in the middle of a piece, and that's either because a) I'm trying to keep something in the piece that's just not working, but I love it too much to cut it (strategy: cut it), or b) there's something I don't want to mention, or some inhibition about telling this part of the story (strategy: write about why I don't want to write about it, see if that leads me to an answer).

Another strategy I employ when I'm stumped is to write an email to a friend, and tell them the story you're trying to write. "I'm writing about the time I took this cab ride with a female driver who was so much like a younger me. The reason I was in the cab in the first place..." This will almost always lead me somewhere new. Most of these emails don't get sent, but some do. My friends are used to it.

Sometimes I'm stumped because I don't have anything to write about. This is an excellent time to read a book. (less)
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“When you think of yourself as lucky, you notice all the good things in your life. You see all the connections between what you do and what happens next. You watch the amazing, mysterious, coincidental ways the world works, and you will be awestruck" -Aunt Jenny”
Janice Erlbaum, Lucky Little Things

“...luck is not a thing that happens to you. Luck is everything that happens to you. The good, the bad, the in-between. And luck is what you make happen. Luck is how you see the events of your life and how you respond to them" -Aunt Jenny”
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“Funny how unlucky events can lead to lucky ones -Emma”
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Anthony I just read Girlbomb and just wanted to thank you for writing such a great book. Cheers!


Michele JUst stopped by to say hi and have a great day!
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Tony Hi Janice,

Thanks for the add. I love biographies as I see you do too. What's your favorite. I'm always looking for another good read.

Take care,

Tony


Daniel
Hey Janice, I've added Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, Have You Found Her: A Memoir and your other book The Runaway to my to-read list.


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